GIRL, 2, BEATEN
By Nalinee Seelal Monday, September 17 2012
A 31-year-old man is facing child cruelty charges for beating a two-year-old girl who refused to eat a sandwich.
The girl, Isabella Samaroo, suffered bruises to her face and right eye and received treatment at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), Mt Hope. She is now recuperating at her grandmother’s home at Mercer Road, Diego Martin.
The suspect in custody has admitted to beating the little girl with his hands and, according to police, he is expected to be charged under Section 3(1) of the Children’s Act and may appear before a Chaguanas magistrate today.
Last Friday, police found Isabella crying at the Caroni home of the suspect, a relative of hers. The girl’s face was swollen and her right eye was blood-shot.
The police were investigating a report made by Isabella’s mother, Rhonda Samaroo.
Rhonda, 27, had sent her daughter for a visit with a male relative at Caroni Private Road, last Thursday. However, at about 9 am on Friday, Rhonda received a telephone call and was told her daughter was being severely beaten.
Rhonda contacted the Cunupia Police Station and Sgt Vicki Ranjitsingh, along with PC Ronnie Lee Gopaul, went to the house where they found the bruised and crying child.
During questioning by the police, the relative, who owns and operates a maxi taxi, said he had beaten Isabella when she refused to eat a sandwich. The suspect was detained and Isabella was first taken to the Chaguanas Health Centre before being transferred to the EWMSC where doctors treated the girl for lacerations to the face and ordered further treatment for injuries to her right eye.
Isabella had been left in the care of the relative before, her mother, Rhonda, told Newsday. Rhonda never had any reason to be concerned, until she received a phone call last Friday and someone told her Isabella was being beaten.
“I called the suspect who claimed that Isabella was only being spoken to harshly ,” Rhonda said.
However, disbelieving the relative, Rhonda called the police.
“When I saw my daughter’s face I could not believe that someone could be so cruel to a little child, and I want the law to take its course,” Rhonda said.
Isabella remains tramumatised over the incident and may require counselling, her mother said.
“Every time I talked to her about the incident, where she was beaten, she starts crying, but, as I said before, I am happy that she escaped more serious injuries.”
Rhonda said she is unsure if Isabella was beaten before and advises mothers with young children to be extremely careful who they leave their young ones with, even with relatives.
She also spoke about having to flee a relationship where she was a victim of domestic violence. Rhonda encouraged women in violent relationships to get out and said any abuse should be reported to the police.